Semi-Private Louvre Tour with Mona Lisa

See the World's greatest art with a friendly English speaking guide and max group size of six!

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So, you want to tour the Louvre, but you don't want a big group? No problem! This is the ideal tour for getting an almost-private experience at a great price since your group size maxes out at just six people! You'll have a more exclusive experience following your art historian guide through the treasures of the Louvre as you ask questions, hear stories, and watch as the evolution of millennia of art unfolds before your eyes. Your semi-private Louvre tour will leave you wanting more.

  • Semi-private Louvre tour
  • Meet your guide
  • Greek and Roman statues
  • Venus De Milo
  • The Winged Victory of Samothrace
  • Mona Lisa
  • French crown jewels
  • The Raft of the Medusa
  • Liberty Leading the People
  • Coronation of Napoleon

Head to the equestrian statue of King Louis XIV near the iconic Louvre pyramid to meet your guide and super small group of just six travelers. Then it's off to explore the ancient foundations of the Louvre Palace, Greek and Roman statues, and renowned works by Raphael, Botticelli, Bernini, da Vinci, and so much more. The Coronation of Napoleon, Raft of the Medusa, and other life-size paintings are waiting to come alive as your guide points out what you could miss on your own. Art enthusiasts and novices to the art world will love this experience.

Make your Louvre tour exceptional as you explore the Mona Lisa and beyond with a smaller group

Semi-Private Louvre Museum Tour Description

Your 3-hour tour includes:

  • Skip-the-line entry to the Louvre Museum

  • Guided tour of the Louvre's famous artworks and exhibits

  • Fun, English-speaking guide with art history expertise

  • Maximum group size of 6

Skip-the-Line Louvre Tour

Follow your expert Louvre guide into the world's largest museum and discover some of the most fascinating art exhibits in the world. The lines to get inside the museum can be long, but your guide help you navigate the crowds to start exploring straight away.

Ancient Sculptures in the Louvre

Part of what makes the Louvre so amazing is the unfolding of millennia of art, and you'll start your journey through a hall filled with sculptures from Greek and Roman eras. Your guide will lead you from one key piece to another, helping you see how these works evolved with time and skill. Of all the works in the Louvre, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo are some of the most admired. But you might also be fascinated by the life-size sculpture of the mythological Sleeping Hermaphroditus carved by Bernini.

Renaissance Paintings

After journeying through the unique art pieces of the medieval and gothic periods, it's time to step into the light of the Renaissance. As you inch closer to the most famous painting in the Louvre, you'll get to see other famous works by Leonardo da Vinci like St. John the Baptist and learn why this captivating painting is so important and almost controversial.

Besides Leonardo da Vinci, the Louvre also contains works by Renaissance artist Botticelli, master of the 16th-century Venetian school Titian, and the grand-scale artist Veronese. Raphael also has work featured throughout the Louvre, one being his famous depiction of Saint George on a magnificent horse.

Da Vinci's Famous Mona Lisa

Why is the Mona Lisa so famous? Mostly, it's due to the massive amount of media coverage it got when it was stolen and eventually found in the kitchen of an Italian. And it's now the highest insured work of art at a whopping $800 million! But what draws so many visitors is also the mysterious smile she wears. You can see for yourself, though you will have to navigate a crowd of people itching for that up-close selfie of the woman of mystery.

As you approach, don't forget to take in the other incredible art in this room, such as the massive Wedding Feast at Cana on the opposite wall. Your guide makes sure you have time to get to know this unique piece as well.

The Crown Jewels of France

While there's really only one set of crown jewels that most people think of, you'll get to explore a set that's meaningful to the French. On display at the Galerie d'Apollon, these jewels and intricate valuables will catch your eye as you hear how old some of the pieces are and who actually wore them.

It was a tradition to have a new crown created for each coronation in France. With your guide's narration, it is easy to imagine the extravagance of the crowns created throughout history for each new king and queen.

Prized French Art

Although the Louvre is filled with the works of many international artists, you'll also see some truly iconic French masterpieces—after all, you are in France! The Louvre offers opportunities to visit works by Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon's personal painter, and Eugène Delacroix. Delacroix's most famous piece Liberty Leading The People is one of France's most beloved paintings, depicting the 1830 French Revolution. It's truly awe-inspiring as you stand before it, hearing the story unfold behind its inspiration and creation.

You'll also see a huge painting of the Coronation of Napoleon, which is rightfully impressive even if more than a little inaccurate. This is where your guide comes in handy since they'll decipher what's true and what's not (almost hilariously not true) about the details of this painting.

After your tour is finished, you'll have the option to stay in the Louvre and continue exploring, or head to the city for the rest of your day now that you have a well-rounded understanding of the art world under your belt.

What you get with this tour
Skip-the-line entry to the Louvre Museum
Guided tour of the Louvre's famous artworks and exhibits
Fun, English-speaking guide with art history expertise
Maximum group size of 6
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Philip Moolenbeek

Our guide “Z” was great. He brought us directly to the most popular pieces before the crowds were too big. Very knowledgeable. Lots of interesting background on the paintings and sculptures. Highly recommend. Much appreciated.

Tour guide "Z"
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Joseph Klosterman

Z was an excellent tour guide! He was very knowledgeable on the exhibits and also had a great energy about him that made the tour fun! He was pleasant to be around and answered questions that we came up throughout this tour. The other couple with was from Greece but both of us had no issue understanding his English since it he was very fluent in the English language. I would highly recommend "Z" to anyone wanting to get a great experience from a visit to the Louvre.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Comfortable shoes are encouraged since the tour involves 3 hours of walking. A small water bottle is also recommended.

Can we stay longer in the museum after the tour ends?

You are allowed to stay inside the museum until closing time, even after your guided tour is done. Please note that once you exit the area where the artwork is, you will not be allowed to re-enter.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, we suggest taking a private Louvre tour so your needs can be better accommodated.

Can I use my Paris Museum Pass to get a discount on our Louvre tour?

We pre-book all of our reservations and tickets for the Louvre Museum in advance, so personal museum passes are not valid for entry or a discount.

What to bring?

Comfortable shoes are encouraged since the tour involves 3 hours of walking. A small water bottle is also recommended.

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